Thursday, November 7, 2013
Canadian Mayor Rob Ford: Cocaine Denial Analyzed
"I do not use crack cocaine."
Statement Analysis teaches that people do not like to lie directly. It causes internal stress and people will, instead, withhold information, to deceive, rather than leave themselves open for direct accusation later.
Note that "I do not use cocaine" is in the present tense. In statement analysis we conclude that this denial is:
The more he spoke, the further he moved from a denial. A denial is:
1. The pronoun "I"
2. Past tense verb "did not" (or "didn't")
3. Specific allegation addressed.
"I did not use crack cocaine" would have been a very strong denial. "I do not use cocaine" is not a denial, and is likely true...at the time of the statement, only, since it is present tense.
"I never used crack cocaine" would be weak, as "never" avoids saying "did not" or "didn't" and it is a vague period of time which liars like to hide themselves within.
Like Lance Armstrong, and others, there was an attack against the accusers, including calling media "maggots" in his denial, showing his need to demonize his accusers, rather than deny the allegation. This is a typical pattern. His over the top emotion in the denial gave body language analysts plenty to work with.
When he was then shown a video tape of him using crack cocaine, he called a news conference in what people thought was to announce his resignation. Instead, here are his words. He chided the reporters, blaming them for not asking him the question in the past tense!
“I wasn’t lying; you didn’t ask the correct questions. No, I’m not an addict and no, I do not do drugs. I made mistakes in the past and all I can do is apologize, but it is what it is.”
He does not take responsibility and instead blames the reporters. His own words should reveal the lack of ownership and the lack of taking personal responsibility. Let's see...
Now analyze this statement:
"I am sincerely, sincerely, sincerely sorry for what I have done."
Does he take responsibility, or does he blame something else?
"All I can say is I made mistakes...there have been times when I have been in a drunken stupor. I want to see the state I was in. I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the right questions. I do not do drugs."